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Why Machine Learning Is A Priority for Andreessen Horowitz in 2015

Jan 26, 2015 |

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz are legendary in the Silicon Valley, having invested early in firms like Twitter, Facebook, Box, Skype, and Groupon. So when the Sand Hill Road experts with an eye for picking winners put machine learning near the top of its list of trends to watch out for in 2015, it was a cue that the technology is on the cusp of having a breakout year. The way that Andreessen Horowitz sees things, machine learning and big data Read more…

Oracle Rejiggers Exadata for Emerging In-Memory Workloads

Jan 22, 2015 |

Organizations that adopt the latest generation of Oracle’s engineered systems will have more flexible configuration and licensing options available to them than previous generations. That will make it more cost effective to run emerging in-memory workloads, such as operational analytics, the company says. At a live launch event in Redwood City, California, Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison unveiled the X5 generation of its various all-in-one server platforms. The Exadata Database Machine is headlining this new generation, and backed up Read more…

Making the Business Case for Location Analytics

Jan 21, 2015 |

What role, if any, could locations analytics–defined as the ability to gain insight from the location or geographic component of business data–play in enhancing the value of business intelligence? The answer to the geo-data puzzle, according to a proponent of this business intelligence approach, has three parts. San Diego-based Centigon Solutions Inc. argues that combining business and geographical data can unlock insights but most organizations don’t know where to begin. The company is of course offering a roadmap for how Read more…

The Humanist’s Emerging Role in Big Data

Jan 21, 2015 |

The combination of big data and advanced analytics can help us find answers to questions that may otherwise stay unknown. But what questions are we asking of our big data sets, and what data are we using? The answers are important, and point to the need for a humanist’s touch in big data projects. In a recent TED talk and report, Susan Etlinger, a social media analytics expert at the Altimeter Group, elaborated on the need to understand the context Read more…

Cloudera Teams with Google to Run Dataflow on Spark

Jan 20, 2015 |

Cloudera and Google today announced that they’re working together to get Dataflow–the big data pipeline model Google publicly launched last June–to run on Apache Spark, thereby giving customers more freedom to run their big data applications wherever they see fit. Google Cloud Dataflow is a managed service for creating data pipelines that ingest, transform, and analyze massive amounts of data, in either batch or streaming modes, using the same SDK and API. The service is based internal Google technologies like Read more…

Predicting Consumer Behavior Drives Growth of Text Analytics

Jan 16, 2015 |

Retailers are getting hip to the latest fashion—using text analytics to predict what consumers are going to do and buy next. According to a new report by Allied Market Research, predictive analytics in the retail sector will be responsible for nearly a third of growth of the overall text analytics market. That market could grow 25 percent a year annually through 2020, when it may account for $6.5 billion in spending by organizations, they say. Predictive analytics will be big Read more…

Alteryx Adds In-Database Blending

Jan 15, 2015 |

The latest release of an analytics platform combines data “blending” with predictive analytics tools intended to help combine large datasets with databases rather than just subsets of data. Alteryx Inc. said Thursday (January 15) its Analytics 9.5 release aims to allow data analysts to progress beyond spreadsheets by leveraging in-database blending tools to draw insights from large datasets in Microsoft and Oracle databases. The company claims its approach is “faster than hand crafting code, even when taking advantage of an Read more…

Spotfire: Now With Automated Vizzes

Jan 14, 2015 |

Figuring out how best to display a piece of data can be a big part of the big data analytics battle. When is a pie chart best, and where would a funnel graph work better? With the new Recommendations feature that TIBCO added to its Spotfire Cloud offering today, the software will automatically select a visualization for the user. According to TIBCO, the visualizations generated by Recommendations provide “built-in best practices” and help to eliminate the trial and error of Read more…

Procured Data Feed Promises To Be ‘Disruptive,’ 1010data Says

Jan 13, 2015 |

Customers normally bring their own data when they buy or subscribe to a data analytics software or service. But with the new 1010data Facts offering unveiled today, customers not only get advanced analytic tooling, but they can get access to a variety of data feeds, including some proprietary sources that the CEO of 1010data promises to be disruptive. The new 1010data Facts offering is a data exchange of sorts. On the one hand, it provides companies with access to a Read more…

Lockheed Aims to Make Apache Storm Easier to Use

Jan 9, 2015 |

The data analytics arm of defense contractor Lockheed Martin yesterday announced that it’s making a big data analysis tool available as open source. Dubbed StreamFlow, the tool is designed to make it easier for beginner programmers to work with Apache Storm. Apache Storm is a distributed computing framework designed to process streams of data in real time. The technology, which was acquired and then released as open source by Twitter several years ago, is a key component of the emerging Read more…